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“As president of the Oregon Parent Teacher Association, I am dedicated to addressing the problems facing our schools. Decades of disinvestment have led to large class sizes, short school years and fewer class offerings. Today, Oregon has one of the worst high school graduation rates in the county. I want a brighter future for our children.” Read more here.

“Oregon mandated the QEM, the quality education model, so many years ago, and we’ve never fully funded it because we gave the legislators an out. We said, ‘If you guys give us a report about why you can’t fund it, that’s good enough.’ That’s not good enough. I think if we are funding our schools statewide to the quality education model, a lot of this stuff kind of goes away. “When it comes down to it, that’s really, that’s our … read more

Oregon PTA, OEA and Children First for Oregon are calling on the state to address $7.6 billion in deferred maintenance. We need to make sure our schools are safe environments. Oregon PTA Legislative Director, Otto Schell states “When we talk to teachers and parents, we’re hearing the same stories, whether we’re in urban, rural or suburban areas. It’s a real concern—you want to be sure your kids aren’t stepping into a toxic learning environment.” Read the full article and the report.

“Gov. Brown’s endorsement signals that she too believes Measure 97 is the solution we need. And I think that when Oregon voters do their homework, they will come to the same conclusion. With the Governor’s support, we are one important step closer to finally making the investments our state needs. It’s a good day for Oregon kids and families.” – Otto Schell, Oregon PTA Legislative Director Read Otto’s full comment here. 

Governor Kate Brown announced her position on five ballot measures qualified for the November ballot, including Measure 97 which is a step forward to fund the growing need in public education, healthcare and senior services. You can read more here. 


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